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Continued: Despite promises, use of seclusion and restraint persists for state patients

  • Article by: CHRIS SERRES , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 5, 2013 - 10:31 AM

However, at St. Peter, seclusion is used more often. Individual clients were put in seclusion for as many as 43 hours in one month for one client, and 17, 11 and nine hours a month for other clients.

“I am stunned to find that there is a need for a restraint chair, given all that we know,” said Derrick Dufresne, a consultant who has worked with Minnesota and other states on restraint-free treatment of people with disabilities. “Why do we find it necessary to use a procedure for which there is sparse or no data showing that it’s effective?”

 

Chris Serres • 612-673-4308

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